College Recruiting

Before you think of playing lacrosse in college, the biggest favor you can do for yourself as a student-athlete is to focus on your grades in all courses NOW in high school. Do ALL of your classwork/homework and turn it in on time; see your teachers right away when you need help or clarification; prepare for tests and quizzes in advance. These three habits developed during high school will prepare you for the academic load you will face in college. After all, your main goal in going to college is to further your education.

Guiding Principles for Recruiting:

Be Proactive

As the student-athlete, take an active role in the process; don't wait for college coaches to knock on your door or for your current HS coach to be your recruiting manager. There is a school and a lacrosse program for anyone who wants one. Use all the resources you can to help, but ultimately you are in charge of controlling your own future. It takes some effort on your part to find the right match academically and athletically, and the information and links that follow should help.

Be Realistic

You have to be a truly exceptional lacrosse player to be the #1 recruit on any coach's wish list. Chances are, you may not even be on the radar for most college coaches. You will have to get your name out there to coaches, and let them know you are interested in their schools and lacrosse programs. Attend recruiting camps or specific camps of schools in which you have interest.

Both players and their parents need to be reasonable about the athlete's ability to play at the next level. This is difficult, as we sometimes tend to overestimate our abilities, and parents are often the worst offenders. If your goal is to just be on the team, then any college will do, but most competitive players want to make the team and play. You have to find a program where your talents fit the level and are needed by the team. While you are still in HS, find someone who will be truthful about your strengths and weaknesses as a player, be open to the critique and be willing to improve in those areas of need.

Parents, if a college coach shows interest don't let the recruiting process go to your head or your son's! Understand that not every recruit goes to that college so the coach has most likely shown the same interest in other recruits who play the same position. If a coach "promises" you anything; playing time, guaranteed acceptance, a car, find the nearest door as soon as possible!

A realistic assessment of the player's ability to handle the academic workload is also a huge part of the process. Know how many credits you need to carry and the grades you need to earn to be academically eligible to play. Understand the time needed for practice and games as well as the travel demands made by playing college athletics and how that will impact you academically.


Maintain open relationships with your current coaches, school counselor, teachers and parents. All of these people have a different role in the process and can help you develop a plan to achieve you goals.

Don't be afraid to develop relationships with as many college coaches as you can. College coaches belong to a small fraternity, and many are good friends. Assuming they are not rivals in the same conference, sometimes they share information about recruits and help each other out. Few college coaches can recruit every outstanding athlete. If a recruit's grades don't meet the school's standards or if the athlete plays a position where the team is already stocked, the coach may recommend the athlete to other coaches he knows.

To contact coaches, visit any school's website and find the information under the lacrosse team in the "Athletics" link. Most colleges will also have a "Recruits" questionnaire or information form that you can send to the coach online.

Be Honest

One of the best things you can do in the college search process is visiting the school. You will get a "feel" for the campus, the student life, the athletics and the general atmosphere. Sitting down with and speaking to the coach is another key. You will get a sense of the expectations and philosophy of the program.

During and after your visit it is very important to be honest with yourself and the coaches. If you are not completely comfortable with a school or a situation, that is a great indicator that the school is not the right choice for you. Don't ever feel pressured into attending a school. It's not only okay to tell the coach, “no” it is something you should do as soon as you know. Although the coach may be disappointed, they can move on to their next best prospect and you can focus on narrowing down your choices.

The True Test

When it's time to make a decision, ask yourself this: If the coach leaves or if for some reason I can't play lacrosse, is this the school I want to attend? Injuries, academic eligibility and a variety of other reasons may get in the way of your participation in college lacrosse. Should that happen, would this still be the school you want to attend? If you can't answer “yes,” with certainty you should be looking elsewhere.

One More Thing ...

Most college coaches are not technologically challenged and can find their way around social media. IF YOU POST IT THEY WILL FIND IT! If you post at all (our suggestion is to leave that to the non-scholars and non-athletes) keep your postings to a minimum and be positive. If we have to explain ourselves more here, you do not deserve to be recruited!

Recruiting RESOURCES

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